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ACC Commander: ‘I will die before I give up’

Posted November 14, 2013 by Senior Airman Jack Sanders

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan  – The Commander of Air Combat Command visited Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 8, to meet with Airmen and leadership during a tour of the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility. Gen. Mike Hostage said understanding the conditions and expectations of the Airmen here will help to ensure training standards continue to prepare Airmen to…

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354th FS and 355th AMXS deploy

Posted October 4, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Members of the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron recently deployed from D-M. The first to leave were a complement of operators and maintainers…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Posted April 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Heather Redman

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Father and son duo share deployment together

Posted June 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Wade

BAGRAM AIR FIELDS, Afghanistan – If people were to look at the last names, they wouldn’t be able to tell these two Air Force members were father and son, but for the last 18 years they have been inseparable, even on a deployment.

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Holocaust survivor: ‘You’re the last generation that will hear from us’

Posted April 26, 2012 by Amber Baillie

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — To this day, 77-year-old Marion Blumenthal Lazan feels a strong sense of fear when she sees a German Shepard. It takes her back to that cold, rainy night in 1944 when she arrived at Bergen-Belsen…

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Thankfulness leads one airman to serve

Posted November 26, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – Serbian paramilitary forces surrounded Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the Bosnian conflict, bombarding the city with heavy artillery in 1992. U.S Air Force Capt. Merima White, 99th Medical Operations Squadron Family Medicine Residency resident physician, then 9 years-old, survived the conflict as a young child and attributes her experiences to who she is…

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Airmen deliver aid ‘outside the wire’

Posted October 18, 2012 by Master Sgt. Russell Martin

Master Sgt. Russell Martin 451st Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — Humanitarian aid missions conjure up images of Airmen air-dropping supplies to austere locations too hazardous to deliver by trucks or convoy. Images of smiling villagers eagerly awaiting much needed vittles and supplies. But not all “HA” missions in Afghanistan require…

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From American Samoa to Afghanistan: Polynesian PERSCO processes Bagram Airmen

Posted May 8, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. Gary J. Rihn

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Lackland Air Force Base is worlds away from American Samoa, in more ways than one. And for Senior Airman Desirae Faasavalu, she found a few of those differences right away. “It was a huge culture shock, seeing all of the buildings and freeways and no greenery,” she said. Faasavalu is a…

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Fighter squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

Posted June 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) – The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, here, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service. The squadron employed the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the closure signals the end of A-10 operations in Europe. “For 71 years, the men and women of this fine squadron have ensured America’s…

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Their legacy lives on at American cemetery in UK

Posted May 24, 2012 by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace

CAMBRIDGE, England (AFNS) — Service members from across the United Kingdom will make their way to the Madingley American Cemetery Memorial Service here May 28 to remember the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who fell during World War II in defense of the…

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